BOULDER JUNCTION - Hundreds of people celebrated in Boulder Junction Sunday as the town marked its 58th Annual Musky Jamboree as well as the Musky Day Fly-In Event.
"It's a huge day for us," said Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce executive director Theresa Smith.
About 10,000 people filled the streets in Boulder Junction Sunday.
"We're about 1,000 people, just under. About half of them leave for the winter. We're a small town, but we can throw a big event," Smith said.
The 58th Annual Musky Jamboree kicked off with arts and craft, a car show, vendors galore and of course carvings of muskies.
"All the businesses, they come outside, the service organizations are here, the residents are here and everybody's just getting together, having a good time," said Smith. "The arts and crafts are a big draw, but it's just a big ol party."
A couple of blocks down the street at the Boulder Junction Airport, pilots flew in for a dedication for a man who put so much into the airport.
"A gentleman named Bob Payzer put this fly-in on 15 years ago," said EAA Chapter 75 President Steve Krueger. "It started just to develop activity at the airport and also contribute to festivities downtown."
Payzer passed away three and half years ago, but his contribution to the airport still lives strong.
"Bob was very instrumental in improving the airport with the grass cutting operation. He contributed financially to keep the airport going and he loved aviation and had a very good passion for aviation," Krueger said. "That's how this all started. So we're continuing that progress with Bob's vision."
With 81 pilots stopping by Sunday, some might say he's already accomplished a lot.
MAUSTON - Authorities are investigating the death of a person who was found unresponsive in Decorah Lake early Friday.
Kyle Lynch, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources warden for Juneau County, says he was called to the scene to assist in a boat search about 1:30 a.m. He also says the Mauston Fire Department recovered the body, which was found in the water.
The Mauston Police Department says attempts were made to rescue the individual, but the Juneau County Coroner's Office pronounced the individual dead at the scene. Police have provided few other details, and the victim's name has not been released.
APPLETON - The U.S. Marshals Service says a convicted sex offender who was wanted for violating the terms of his release has been arrested in Appleton.
The agency says 63-year-old L.C. Streeter, of Milwaukee, was previously convicted of four separate sexual assaults from 1976 to 1985. Wisconsin committed him as a sexually violent person in 1996, and he remained in treatment until his release in 2013 under intensive supervision.
The service said in a statement that he cut off his GPS and electronic monitoring bracelets and fled supervision on Monday, resulting in a warrant for his arrest. Federal marshals and Appleton police arrested him without incident in Appleton on Friday.
Kevin Carr, the U.S. marshal for eastern Wisconsin, says Streeter was "an absolute danger to the community based upon his past convictions."
WAUSAU - This has been Wisconsin's deadliest gun-deer season in the past five years, with two shooting fatalities already recorded.
Daily Herald Media reports (http://wdhne.ws/1HvNth3 ) that the two fatalities brought to an end a three-year series of seasons that had been free of firearm deaths. Four other hunters also have been wounded.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, hunters violated some of the fundamental rules of gun safety in all the incidents.
A man was killed last Sunday in Columbia County when he was shot while passing a loaded rifle to a companion in a tree stand. Wearing mittens, she grabbed the gun near the trigger and it went off. On Monday, a hunter in Waushara County was killed by a stray bullet.
TOMAH - The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center says it has adopted another plan to improve patient care.
The La Crosse Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1QMsDMZ) that Friday's release of the "100-day plan" comes almost 11 months after media reports that veterans at the center were prescribed excessive doses of opioid pain-killers and that employees who spoke out faced retaliation from top officials.
The plan, which follows a 30-day plan announced in May, outlines steps for improving access to care, employee engagement and restoring trust.
Among other things, it calls for recruitment of psychiatric staff, employee forums and listening sessions, and opening an employee wellness center.
Several Tomah VA officials — including former Director Mario Desanctis and former Chief of Staff David Houlihan — have been fired since the problems emerged early this year.
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